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Euro star Ormond eyeing world title

The news came from Las Vegas last week. From the 27th Annual Convention of the World Boxing Organisation.

Dublin's Stephen Ormond had just been hailed European Fighter of the Year.

It's an honour that's well deserved and reinforces the belief many Irish boxing fans have in The Quiet Man.

The Clondalkin native claimed the WBO European belt with a first-round demolition of Adam Mate in London in 2013. Since then, he's successfully defended his title three times. Never once in his home town.

Ormond (17-1, 8 KOs) is an old-school boxing aficionado's ideal fighter. He doesn't court media attention, preferring to knuckle down and get on with his job, a job that has him on course for a world title.

Earlier this year the Boxing Union of Ireland handed Stephen Ormond the award for Best Boxer of 2013.

Since then, the man they call The Rock has been focused on one prize. A world title.

And since the recent announcement of the WBO accolade, that dream has moved one important step closer.

Due to fight British champion Terry Flanagan (25-0, 9 KOs) later this month, Ormond has been told by promoter Frank Warren that the bout has been officially upgraded to world-title eliminator by the WBO and will now happen on December 13.

Flanagan, a former English super featherweight champion, won the British lightweight title in June. He's a dangerous southpaw, but it's a test The Rock relishes.

Compact, tidy and relentless, Ormond is adept at disguising his deadly skills. He's quietly been sharpening his technique and conditioning at the Celtic Warrior Gym under the watchful eye of Paschal Collins.